Meet the Mama: Heather Mattos




We are happy to introduce our newest mama at Mama Manifesto! Heather Mattos has been a long-time reader, and we've been a longtime fan of hers, so we were thrilled when she agreed to join our team.





Here's a litte more about Heather:




HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN ON YOUR MOTHERHOOD JOURNEY?



It all started with a "happy surprise" in December of 2000. Over the past 9
years, I have become the proud mom to stubborn, creative Chloe {8} and naughty, quirky Camden {2}, and step mom to easy-going, cheerful Chayse {4}.





WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR HARDEST “MOM MOMENTS” THAT YOU WILL ONE DAY LOOK BACK ON AND LAUGH?



The beach.
My youngest just weeks old.
High winds.
Every orifice of her tiny face encrusted with sand.
Emergency room.
{full story here.}

WHAT HAS SURPRISED YOU THE MOST ABOUT MOTHERHOOD?

It is shocking how much I have actually BECOME my own mother. Sometimes- even as the words are coming out of MY mouth- I have to pause and think 'Was that really me talking to my kids, or am I actually just having a flashback of the way my mom spoke to us?' Scary. {Joking aside, I can't think of a better parenting role model than my mom.}





WHAT IS A CURRENT CHALLENGE IN YOUR FAMILY LIFE?


Raising a blended family is more challenging than I ever would've imagined. We take it day by day and do our best to stay positive, even under the most stressful of circumstances.



MY “MOM SECRET WEAPON” IS…

Trader Joes Organic Lollipops. From squirmy grocery store trips, to post-nap time terror, there's not much those little miracles on a stick can't remedy.



And my Mama Manifesto, is...



REALLY remembering to savor the little moments with my kids. They're only small for such a short time, and while the daily frustrations of tantrums and bickering often occasionally have me contemplating locking myself in the craft room, at the end of the day I want to go to bed feeling like I was present. Truly present... making time for snuggling during family movie night... baking cookies together every week... jotting down the hilarious things that come out of their mouth before I forget. Even when it seems I haven't a moment to spare, I am constantly reminding myself to be present and be thankful for each crazy day with these {fast-growing} little people. Along with this goes taking the opportunity to model gratitude and giving, and emphasize simplicity as often as possible. Our kids know we may not have the biggest house or car on the block, but they do know how blessed they are. And that's pretty much all that matters.

7 comments:

  1. I feel so blessed to have been asked to join the team! I have always been a huge Mama Manifesto fan! So excited to be along for the ride! :)

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  2. We are so happy to have you here!!!

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  3. You are awesome Heather! I am so Happy for you.

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